Johnston anticipating tough test against wounded Dundee United

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Dunfermline boss Allan Johnston expects a tough match this weekend against a Dundee United side itching to bounce back.

The Tangerines were the victims of a shock 6-1 defeat to struggling Falkirk last week which saw them fall six points adrift of Ladbrokes Championship leaders St Mirren.

However, United boast a favourable record against Johnston’s side, and are unbeaten in the previous 12 meetings between the clubs, and the Pars boss is aware of the task in front of his side.

“They always seem to have a hoodoo over us so hopefully we can put that right by getting a result especially when we are at home,” he told the Dunfermline website.

“There has not been much between the two teams but you need to be at your very best to get a result against United.

“You cannot afford any passengers, everybody has to play at the very best they can play because when you look around their whole squad they have a lot of good players.”

Dunfermline will be looking to close the gap on second-placed United to four points having won their last three games when they host them in Fife, while pacesettters St Mirren travel to Dumbarton.

The 6-1 win for Falkirk was perhaps a false dawn for manager Paul Hartley, who then saw his side heavily beaten at Inverness during the week, but he has since added Ryan Blair and Alex Jakubiak to his squad for the trip to Morton.

Blair returns to the club following a spell with Swansea, while Jakubiak, a striker, arrives on loan from Watford.

On Jakubiak’s arrival, Hartley told the club website: “He is quick, strong and has an eye for goal. He spent a few days training with us towards the end of December and in that short space of time it was easy to see the quality he has.

“I am sure he is a player that will excite the Falkirk fans, we have been looking to try and get the deal over the line since he was last with us and I am really pleased to welcome him to the club.”

Livingstone are looking to force their way back into the top four away at Brechin, who picked up a rare point last week, while Inverness host Queen of the South.